BUTLERVILLE — In September, nine Daviess County residents participated in a full-scale disaster response exercise at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center that included a simulated flood and widespread destruction from an EF3 tornado.
Dubbed “Without Warning,” the four-day event was held Sept. 24-28 by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) to evaluate the 12 counties of District 10: Daviess, Knox, Martin, Gibson, Pike, Dubois, Crawford, Posey, Vanderburgh, Warrick, Spencer and Perry. The 110 members of District 10 took 64 vehicles and 31 trailers to provide emergency medical services, law enforcement, fire suppression, water rescue, all-hazard management, and service and support.
“These exercises are an important fundamental way Indiana practices disaster response plans and procedures,” said IDHS Executive Director Joe Wainscott in a press release. “The ability to build relationships across jurisdictions now will help with collaboration during a real-life event.”
The simulations allow participants to be evaluated in various aspects of emergency disaster response, such as rescuing people from flooded homes and attending survivors in need of medical attention, without placing any lives at risk.
Washington Fire Chief David Rhoads served as safety officer for the entire operation. He had responsibility for a safe working environment during the 72-hour period.
Also from the Washington Fire Department, firefighter Jeremy Newberry attended as a member of the fire suppression team. He responded to a hospital fire, single structure fire, jail fire, propane tank fire, several trailers on fire, and a tornado.
Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit, Chief Deputy Gary Allison, Lt. Detective Bill Dougherty and Major Jeff Riker participated from the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office. The department’s water rescue connector boat was used by the water hazard team, which included Dougherty and Riker. They rescued many people from a flooded residential neighborhood and responded to a downed helicopter with multiple victims in the water.
Daviess County Emergency Management Agency Director Paul Goss was the liaison officer for the entire operation, managing interagency cooperation throughout the four-day exercise. Todd Riker, DCEMA information technology director, provided IT support. Using emergency generated power he established and maintained full electronic communications for the entire operation. DCEMA Deputy Director Scott Myers served as public information officer and photographed the operation.
“Due to the excellent individual effort of Daviess County personnel and the District 10 team members we were highly rated,” Goss said. “We were told by the chief evaluator that ‘we hit the ball out of the park.’”
The realistic disaster setting gave approximately 700 emergency responders hands-on experience and training. IDHS Response Task Forces from Districts 7, 8 and 9; hazardous material, search and rescue, and support elements from District 4; emergency medical services and crisis mental health elements from District 6; and a water rescue team from District 7 also participated.
IDHS district task force members are professional emergency responders who volunteer their free time to support other emergency response teams throughout the state when requested.
“The task forces can quickly mobilize and begin assisting local efforts, coordinating resources to better serve Hoosiers in a disaster,” Wainscott said.
If the scope of a disaster requires multi-state assistance, interstate mutual aid agreements allow other states to quickly assist each other across state lines, as well. Out-of-state participants in “Without Warning” included the San Diego All Hazard Incident Management Team, Illinois All Hazard Incident Team, and Kentucky Water Rescue Team.
- Local News
Looking to shake up the hardware business
Wendy Jo Shake was trying to install vinyl fencing when her frustrations were getting the best of her. "I was trying to hold the brackets and screws in place and use the drill and it just wasn't working," said Shake, a registered nurse. "I needed th
- Bringing the heat to help others
- County braces for first winter weather event of season
- Thursday's police report
- Sports Briefs
- Looking to shake up the hardware business
Dorothy Ann Goodrid
Dorothy Ann Goodrid, 89, Washington, passed away Dec. 2 at 1:30 p.m. at her home surrounded by her family. Dorothy was born to the late Gene and Una (Taylor) Witherspoon in Chicago on May 22, 1924. Her family lived in Chicago for the first few years
- Kenneth Tennis
- Wilford 'Bud' Buhr
- Martha Green
- Dorothy Ann Goodrid
- Local Sports
Area basketball games postponed due to weather
All sporting events in Daviess and Martin Counties were postponed Thursday night due to inclement weather. The Barr-Reeve at Pike Central boys basketball game tonight has been postponed and we will be re-scheduled for Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. The Barr-Re
- Lions drop fourth straight game
- Hatchets down Lady Vikes at Kavanaugh Kourt
- Loogootee falls to Rock Creek
- Cougars run past Cardinals in season opener
- Area basketball games postponed due to weather
- Community News
Roach reunion held at Armory
Descendants of Orval and Vinia Roach met for their annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the National Guard Amory on Nov. 28. The blessing was given by Jim Roach. Attending from Washington were: Nancy and Calvin Guy, Tim, Michelle and Tyler Guy, Logan Guy,
- Towers celebrate Thanksgiving
- December scholarships
- Area Briefs
- Community Calendar
- Roach reunion held at Armory
- The "Z" Watch
Nelson Mandela dies at 95
Nelson Mandela,95, anti-apartheid icon and former South African president, has died.
December 5, 2013 1 Photo
- Washington woman unknowingly live-tweets husband's death
- VIDEO: Gun control ad recounts Newtown shooting
- Nelson Mandela dies at 95
- State News
Bird statue to be unveiled in Terre Haute
Serving double duty as a baseball infielder for the American League's Toronto Blue Jays and basketball guard for Brigham Young University, 20-year-old Danny Ainge found time in March 1979 to drive from Provo, Utah, to Salt Lake City to catch an in-pe
- Pence announces school safety grants
- Coats returns home to listen to Hoosiers
- Bird statue to be unveiled in Terre Haute